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Failure to Self-discipline

Updated on August 4, 2010

Failure to Self-discipline

Often I see individuals that excel in their area of genre. What makes them stand out over others in their field? Quite simply the answer can be narrowed down to discipline. They excel because they are able to discipline themselves. They are able to put forth the efforts necessary for accomplishing goals they set. Mozart, Bach, Brahms composed great works because the put forth the time and effort to achieve great orchestrations. Steinbeck, Michener and even JK Rollins were able to write great literary works, because they applied themselves to complete the task before them. I also realize that there are some that can accomplish greatness because of their innate abilities. However, even Tiger Woods has to practice golf to remain at his level.

We live in a world where our children, because of the education afforded to them have opportunities that might have appeared unreachable to us. At the same time we have convoluted their thoughts. We have created a generation of youth needing instant gratification with out the discipline to do the work necessary to achieve their wants and desires.

When I was a child of six, I had to try out for baseball, football and track. Although t-ball was a no-brainier and every child was accepted, Baseball was a completely different story. I worked hard to develop some semblance of skill so I could try-out for little league. Later I suffered the disappointment of not making the cut for pony league baseball. I was never fast enough for a linebacker or receiver in football, and not big enough for a tackle. I missed the cut for track in the sprints and hurdles, but I found my niche in cross country. I tried out for band and was told I had to play clarinet. I gave it an effort but it was not my forte so the effort was half hearted, and I was told in front of the whole band, I would never be good enough to play. The embarrassment stung and I remember it well.

What of our children in today’s world? there are no tryouts, because every child makes it, therefore no disappointments. True, there are some that push themselves to accomplish much and we see this in accolades awarded to them in graduation ceremonies. If we look into statistics, we have larger numbers of students receiving scholarships for academic, artistic and athletic accomplishments, than during any time before. One might say this is because our children are smarter and we have a better education system. We might also point out the information highway and the impact of the internet. But it all still comes down to the basics no matter which way you look at it, discipline.

More than ever, our children will have to push themselves to accomplish their goals. Because now more than ever, the aptitude level required for the work force is higher. With that understanding, so are the minimum requirements to obtain those positions. Recently, during a graduation ceremony, a principal speaking to the graduates told them they were smarter than any of the previous classes that graduated. Then he went on to say, not one of them should accept a position at minimum wages. Great, now we have a whole class of inexperienced and unskilled laborers looking for the pay their parents earn after twenty plus years in the working community. Consequently we have taught them that they should expect a higher status with out learning the discipline that is required to obtain it.

Because of the mindset we have helped to establish, our children are told they can buy a new home with no prior credit history. They can purchase a new car with very little down. They can obtain a credit card regardless of their prior credit history. We are teaching them to spend with no understanding of the ramifications that are lurking in the shadows; ready to strip them of everything they've accomplished. All because of one basic thing: Discipline.

They haven’t learned the discipline of even using and maintaining a checking account. But we see scores of them starting families and failing because they have never learned to prepare the soil before planting their future. We have given them the right to vote with only a vague understanding of how our government works and why. We have allowed our society to become one of political correctness, at a cost of morality and consequence. All boiling down to one thing only; Discipline.

We are our future incarnate. If we expect our children to take the reigns then we have to impart a better understanding of the world in which we live. We need to re-instill the values and principles that they can use for their foundations. We have the ability to change the direction this world is traveling towards. With us we have biblical truths handed down over the centuries, the truths that will produce better individuals and citizens. But society has decided that to enjoy a lifestyle in-congruent with those truths, we must forgo the old ways and accept an alternative way of life separate from Gods teachings, all because we as a society, lack the discipline to keep and maintain the basic laws afforded us.

We live in a world where the moral majority is neither. We allow people to dictate the directions we will go and then sit back and ask “How did we get here?” The question remains, do we have the discipline required to make the right decisions or will we let society dictate our fate?


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      must65gt 7 years ago

      LOL.....and you stated it correctly and so eloquently...

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      Jim Bryan 7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Well, my friend, perhaps when reading becomes popular again. When we discipline ourselves to read and discuss the best fiction and non-fiction (ergo the best ideas) the world has ever offered. When chess (which teaches people to think ahead) becomes popular. When we value truth more than comfort, freedom more than security. When we understand these concepts.

      Apparently we have lost what it means to be oppressed, though our country was founded by the oppressed. We accept oppression, violations of freedom, a spoonful of arsenic at a time as if it were sugar in our coffee. From red light cameras to airport scanners to bank cards with chips embedded in them, we sell our rights to companies (and the government officials on their bankroll) who redistribute our wealth. When we realize that the wealthiest people in America, for that matter, got there by using the American system for their sole advantage and we make them pay their fair share for that privilege.

      When we would rather the guilty go free rather than imprison even one innocent. When we realize that when society does a thing (like torture), we are all responsible. When we, as a society, decide to care enough to *try* to understand *why* things are bad. When we accept responsibility for failures rather than point fingers and call people names and then, when we stop screwing up. When being a good American is a more important qualification for holding an office than being a good Democrat or a good Republican, we can rebuild.

      The spiral will stop, eventually, or the world will go down the drain. Sadly, it's just that simple.

      Sorry for the rant, but you asked (smirk)

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      must65gt 7 years ago

      your right Jim they are related, often by blood! How difficult is it to sit down and make ourselves learn the facts about important issues that will affect us. When will we become involved in the world around us and stop the spiral?

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      Jim Bryan 7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Great Hub. The criticism is thought-provoking, relevant, and insightful.

      I think part of the problem, as well, is that we no longer see ourselves as a cohesive society. We don't work with one another, we work against each other, and do so consistently. Often, people work against even their own self-interest. People, even those with formal education, have simply stopped educating themselves on crucial issues. Too often they are swayed by hyperbole and logical fallacies rather than facts. Willful ignorance is as a big a cancer as lack of self-discipline, and it seems the two have relation.

      Thanks again.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      An interesting hub with many good points of view. I think Quill also has a good point. Over here in England it is terrible and nobody cares or takes the blindest notice.

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      must65gt 7 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Quill, yes I agree with everything you stated...We have allowed our world to be change to comply with the wants and desires of the Immoral minorities while we sit back and wonder why. This is partially the meaning to the words of my song "The Dove"

      thanks for stopping by, God Bless

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Hi must65gt... an interesting hub and one which keeps pointing back to the lack of proper teaching and instruction for certain. I think one of the greatest downfalls I have been a witness to the same as many here is the removal of prayer in our schools, we have allowed a minority to dictate their demands upon our children.

      Think back of the day when we recited the Lords Prayer first thing in the morning, now think of the words as they run through your mind. Did they not teach all that was needed to face the day.

      What a shame we have allowed this to happen, we have become a me society who have neglected God and his teaching into our children's lives.



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